AirDance New Mexico

Flying low over the high desert

Dara Minkin and Amy Bourque on our aerial cube,
from our November 2013, Whichever Way the Wind Blows

Photo by Guadalupe Chavez

AirDance New Mexico is a company of multi-disciplinary artists who collaborate with each other to create exciting and innovative performances, featuring their critically acclaimed aerial dances and multi-media movement theater works. AirDance productions incorporate trapezes, aerial fabric, swings, hoops, aerial cube, and invented apparatus and interactive sets, created from a variety of materials to original music by local artists. Performances may feature original scripts, projections, unusual props, and whatever else may strike our fancy. AirDance New Mexico seeks to entertain as it explores our lives and dreams and reveals hidden aspects of our cultural psyche. AirDance New Mexico relaunched in 2011 to the delight of New Mexicans of all ages. In addition to our shows, we also offer classes and workshops at our home, the AirDance ArtSpace.

Katy Andersen, Christina Cavaleri, and Joanna Furgal,
from our May 2014 show, Fight or Flight

Photo by Jeff Hartzer

Our last show may have been our best ever and featured 9 aerialists performing to original live music by Monica Demarco, Casey Mraz, Ryan Sciarrotta, and Stuart Smith. Be sure to catch our next show, coming to the AirDance ArtSpace November 7-9, 2014! More info coming soon!

(Sponsored by AirDance New Mexico, Inc.)

Sunday, August 17th, 1:00-4:00 pm

Part of his "Composing the Space Between" series, Cohdi's workshop will include floor work, energetics, trapeze techniques, and improvisation
Prerequisites: Participants must have some previous aerial experience and be comfortable working without a spotter and working above the bar.
Enrollment limited. Email Cohdi for more information and registration.
See video from Cohdi's latest project, The Other.

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Tuesday, August 19th, 7:00-9:00 pm

Bend it, but don't break it! The first hour of this workshop will explore "push/pull" and other stretching techniques to improve flexibility, contortion, and life in general.
Learn to stand on your hands! The second hour will explore the strength and endurance building discipline of hand balancing and will include exercises to practice outside this class.
All skill levels welcome. Email Daniel for more information and registration.
Check out Daniel's website, Daniel Patrick.

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AirDance New Mexico aerial arts classes continue through August 16 and will resume September 3!(Scroll down for more information.)

Contact AirDance New Mexico:
Email: AirDance New Mexico
Phone: (505)842-9418

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After a short August break, AirDance New Mexico will again offer its popular Monday and Wednesday classes for adults and Saturday classes for kids listed below. Session starts September 3rd and runs through October 27th at the same great prices. Classes will resume in November after our show November 7-9, 2014(!) and we're planning some special events for December.
(Registration information coming soon. All 2014 class card credit will be honored! Meanwhile ...)


AirDance New Mexico Summer 2014 classes
at the AirDance ArtSpace, 3030 Isleta Blvd. SW

Mixed-Aerial Classes for Adults and older Teens*
Mondays, 6-7 pm, starting June 2nd (no class July 9th)
Instruction on trapeze, lyra (aerial hoop), silks (aerial fabric)
Open to all experience leves; drop-ins welcome

Aerial Fabric Lab for Adults and older Teens*
Wednesdays, 6-7 pm, starting June 4th (no class July 9th)
An ongoing class concentrating on skill building and strengthening specific to silks
Students need not have previous experience with aerial fabric

*No registration required. Inquire about suitability for minors. A liability waiver must by signed for each participant. To purchase class cards in advance and to view our cancellation and refund policy, please see registration page here.

$15/single class; $65 for 5-class card; $120 for 10-class card
Class cards are not restricted to a particular class
during the summer session and may be shared.

For the youngsters, we have ...

Mixed-Aerial Classes for Children and Adolescents (ages 8-14)
Saturdays, 1:30-2:45 pm, starting June 7th (no class July 5th)
Instruction in trapeze, lyra (aerial hoop), and aerial fabric
$15/single class; $65 for 5 classes; $120 for all 10 classes (Need not pay for entire summer session.)
Registration required. Click here for registration information and to prepay via PayPal.

and coming this Fall for our experienced students ...

Junior Company Training Sessions†
For experienced adolescent and teen students of AirDance New Mexico interested in creating an original performance
Tentatively Tuesday nights and Saturday afternoons. Ongoing commitment highly encouraged.

†Registration required for classes and trainings for minors. Junior company training restricted to experienced aerial students. Contact us for more information.

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What should I wear to AirDance classes?
The aerial arts present clothing limitations. We recommend flexible, body-hugging clothing that will stay in place when hanging upside down. Clothing should have NO hard fasteners or decorations (zippers, snaps, rhinestones, etc.). Torso should be fully covered. Good to have thighs and knees covered for trapeze and lyra (hoop), although not essential. Long or capri leggings recommended for fabric (silks). Supportive undergarments are strongly recommended for males, especially for working on the silks. We ask that you remove all jewelry, especially for fabric, and secure long hair away from your face. Please have fingernails and toenails neatly trimmed for fabric work. (Wow, those silks are really demanding!)

Contact AirDance New Mexico:
Click to e-mail AirDance New Mexico
Phone: (505)842-9418


AirDance New Mexico performance montage 2012-2014

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AirDance N.M. recommends Discount Dance Supply for quality dancewear, costumes, shoes, and more!

AirDance New Mexico enjoys the thin air up there in Albuquerque!

Thanks to AbqARTS and The Morning Brew with Larry Ahrens for this spot!


Josh Burgess and Morgan Harris,
from our 2012 show, Fear of Falling

Photo by Jeff Hartzer


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Donations to AirDance New Mexico of all shapes and sizes are gratefully accepted at any time!

For more information:

AirDance New Mexico, Inc.
P.O. Box 25892
Albuquerque, NM 87125-0892
(505) 842-9418

Click to e-mail AirDance New Mexico

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Just a little of our day-old press ...

Feature story about show, Fear of Falling, in the UNM Daily Lobo, "Free Form Falling" (2/2/12)

KUNM "Performance New Mexico" interview Spencer Beckwith and Debra Landau (aired 2/9/12)

2012 Arts/Dance in Review "Audiences Heard the Dance, Saw the Music" Albuquerque Journal (12/30/2012)

Website design and hosting donated by Aquila Arts LLC.

AirDance New Mexico recommends C and H Productions for all your video production needs. Excellent service! Fabulous result!

For local dance clothing and dance shoes, visit New Mexico Dancewear!

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Debra Landau

Artistic Director Debra Landau performs Spiderwoman in Albuquerque's KIMO Theater, 1998

"A circus [of] trapezes, trampolines and ropes. Monologues on everything from spitting to religion. Live rock music and videotapes. Are you thinking modern dance? Dancer/choreographer Debra Landau could change your mind about the art form."

Anthony DellaFlora, The Albuquerque Journal



AirDance New Mexico (the old incarnation) on You Tube


About AirDance New Mexico and Artistic Director Debra Landau

"Landau is one of those rare artists who can combine voice quality and dance in a mutually enhancing harmony. Affinities, done to a rich and moving text by Jeff Hartzer, demonstrated her ability to fulfill verbal images with movement sub-text."

Jennifer Noyer, The Albuquerque Journal

"Debra Landau [is] Apollonian grace."

John Gwynn, The New Mexican

"Shaman's Death, an air dance on a trapeze, allows the dancer/choreographer freedom to explore air itself as a metaphor . . . and evoked images of transformation. [The trapeze's] magical powers seemed to free the dancer to glide, soar and explore her body's placement in the world-space of the theater."

Jennifer Noyer, The Albuquerque Journal

"Debra Landau was compelling in her sinister, sinuous role . . . Ikebana had a . . . soothing, meditative quality, with gentle movements that culminated in striking, sculptural poses."

Beth Bradley, The New Mexican

"Her wonderful expressiveness added . . . personality and depth to [the] monologue."

John Mandes, The Albuquerque Tribune

"Apparently used a single rope suspended from above the stage which divided into two strands midway down in space. The dancer rose serenely from the floor . . . and projected an almost supernatural presence."

Jennifer Noyer, The Albuquerque Journal

"A dancer who adds a bit of the circus to her performance."

Dave Brown, KGGM/KRQE TV, Albuquerque

"In many ways Landau confronts the mental barriers that restrict physical movement."

Jennifer Gubrud, The Daily Lobo




AirDance New Mexico is in residence at the AirDance ArtSpace. Originally a church built in the 1930s, the ArtSpace has been renovated to include an intimate black-box-style theatrical performance space with beautiful, sprung oak floors and ceiling beams for rigging aerial apparatus, sets, etc. The building also has meeting spaces, including a foyer and a Green Room. It is accessible to all.

AirDance ArtSpace

phone: 505.842.9418


airdance artspace

AirDance ArtSpace Theater/Performance Space

photo ©2004 by Anthony Richardson



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